Alfa Romeo can still target scoring regular top 10 finishes in the 2020 Formula 1 season in spite of its subdued start, according to team boss Frederic Vasseur.
Alfa Romeo has had the slowest package in each qualifying session this year, with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi yet to escape Q1, and has scored only two points.
Those pair of points came at the season-opening event in Austria when Giovinazzi classified ninth.
It has left Alfa Romeo eighth in the Constructors’ Championship – where it finished in 2018 and 2019 – ahead of only Haas and Williams.
“The next three races will be another crucial juncture of the season,” said Vasseur.
“We come from the first real break, after the opening triple header: it’s been the first chance for the teams to regroup, assess the situation and start addressing the rest of the year, so it will be important to show we have made use of the time since Hungary to make progress.
“We have a much more defined idea of where the strengths, and weaknesses, of our package are and we keep working together to make another step forward after what we have shown in the first few races.
“The midfield battle is still close and I have full confidence that our team has what it takes, both in terms of personnel and machinery, to score regularly.”
Raikkonen, who has yet to open his points account for 2020, believes Alfa Romeo can put in a more competitive display at the upcoming Silverstone double-header.
“The first few races haven’t been ideal in terms of results but the important thing is that we are moving in the right direction,” he said.
“We have identified the areas where we need to improve and hopefully we will get to Silverstone with the solutions needed to give us some extra competitivity.
“We have seen we can fight against most midfield cars on Sunday and we are confident we can come home with points from either of these two races.”